Whether or not you see Groton as rotten, it’s hard to argue that fall is the best season in New England. From cider donuts and pumpkin pies to corn mazes and pumpkin patches, Southeastern Connecticut has all the festive spirit.
Here’s five activities you should add to your to do list:
Visit B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
The cider. The hard cider. The wine. The donuts. The slushies. The pies. Oh my. B.F. Clyde’s Cidermill is a local institution. Located in Old Mystic, it is the oldest steam-powered cider mill in the United States. My best advice is to come early and on a weekday if possible! Be sure to check out their social media channels and website for their latest business hours and COVID rules.
Go on a Fall Foliage Hike
As fall arrives, Connecticut’s state parks and hiking trails transform into beautiful orange, red and green landscapes. With the lower temps and humidity, there’s never a better time to hike! My husband and I love Giuffrida Park just outside Merdian (more on that hike, here). At the time of publication, reports estimated peak fall foliage for our state October 5 through November 8. For other great hikes, click here.
Wine Your Way Thru a Wine Maze
Holmberg Orchards’ Wine Maze is a seasonal favorite. The “grown-up corn maze” adventure offers wine and hard cider tastings hidden amongst the corn. Stick around after the maze for live music, food truck bites and a glass of your favorite wine! Remaining dates for the maze include September 3, 4, 10, and 11.
Go on a Ghost Tour
If you don’t have time to venture up to Salem, MA, never fear. You don’t have to travel far for a little haunted history! Seaside Shadows in Mystic offers walking and boating ghost tours, covering the local antiquated burial grounds, historic artifacts and gravestone engravings. Check their website for ticket information and upcoming special events!
Fall Fun at Local Farms
Connecticut is home to dozens and dozens of family farms that go all out for fall! Whether you’re looking for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple picking, tractor rides and more, you’ll find it. Some great local contenders: Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme and Buttonwood Farm in Griswold. For a bigger list, click here.
What are your favorite fall activities in New England? Comment below!